1995   USA The Usual Suspects
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Director:Bryan Singer
Writer:Christopher McQuarrie
IMDb Rating:8.7 (319,950 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 6 nominations
Genre:Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Duration:106 min
Bryan Singer  ...  (Director)
Christopher McQuarrie  ...  (Writer)
Stephen Baldwin  ...  Michael McManus
Gabriel Byrne  ...  Dean Keaton
Benicio Del Toro  ...  Fred Fenster
Kevin Pollak  ...  Todd Hockney
Kevin Spacey  ...  Roger 'Verbal' Kint
Chazz Palminteri  ...  Dave Kujan, US Customs
Pete Postlethwaite  ...  Kobayashi
Giancarlo Esposito  ...  Jack Baer, FBI
Suzy Amis  ...  Edie Finneran
Dan Hedaya  ...  Sgt. Jeffrey 'Jeff' Rabin
Paul Bartel  ...  Smuggler
Carl Bressler  ...  Saul Berg
Phillip Simon  ...  Fortier
Jack Shearer  ...  Renault
Christine Estabrook  ...  Dr. Plummer
Phillipe Simon  ...  Fortier
Newton Thomas Sigel  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Five Criminals . One Line Up . No Coincidence

Summary: Ever since this convoluted thriller dazzled audiences and critics in 1995 and won an Oscar for Christopher McQuarrie's twisting screenplay, The Usual Suspects has continued to divide movie lovers into opposite camps. While a lot of people take great pleasure from the movie's now-famous central mystery (namely, "Who is Keyser Söze?"), others aren't so easily impressed by a movie that's too enamored of its own cleverness to make much sense. After all, what are we to make of a final scene that renders the entire movie obsolete? Half the fun of The Usual Suspects is the debate it provokes and the sheer pleasure of watching its dynamic cast in action, led (or should we say, misled) by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey as the club-footed con man who recounts the saga of enigmatic Hungarian mobster Keyser Söze. Spacey's in a band of thieves that includes Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, and Benicio Del Toro, all gathered in a plot to steal a large shipment of cocaine. The story is told in flashback as a twisted plot being described by Spacey's character to an investigating detective (Chazz Palmintieri), and The Usual Suspects is enjoyable for the way it keeps the viewer guessing right up to its surprise ending. Whether that ending will enhance or extinguish the pleasure is up to each viewer to decide. Even if it ultimately makes little or no sense at all, this is a funny and fiendish thriller, guaranteed to entertain even its vocal detractors. --Jeff Shannon

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